Japanese doctor: Drink four glasses of water in the morning and you will get rid of DISEASES…
The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine recommends the following for daily fluid intake:
- 125 ounces (3.7 liters) for men.
- 91 ounces (2.7 liters) for women.
Here’s the thing, though: Consider those numbers a starting point.
“Your size, metabolism, location, diet, physical activity and health all factor into how much water you need,” says preventive medicine specialist Roxanne B. Sukol, MD.
And the fluid you consume doesn’t all come out of a glass. You can expect about 20% of your daily fluid intake to come from water that’s in food.
That’s a lot of information to gulp down all at once, right? Well, here’s a drip-by-drip accounting.
To determine how much water you need, Dr. Sukol suggests considering these four factors:
- Activity level. If you work out a lot or are moving all day long, drink more water.
- Location. If you find yourself in a warmer climate or at higher altitudes, you’ll probably want to increase your water intake.
- Metabolism. If you think you have a speedy metabolism and your body seems to need more fuel to keep its engines revved, you may want to take some extra sips during the day.
- Size. The more you weigh, the more water your body tends to need.
- Water is sometimes considered a fourth macronutrient, joining the list with protein, fats and carbohydrates. It’s required for your body to function optimally. (Fast fact: Your body is 60% water.)
- “That’s why you need to make sure that you’re drinking enough water,” explains Dr. Sukol. “It’s also why people who are too sick to drink tend to get into further trouble.”
- Drinking water can help your:
- Blood. Water ensures that your blood is just the right consistency to carry oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to the areas that need it, including your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles.
- Digestive system. “Dehydration is an easily reversible cause of constipation,” notes Dr. Sukol.
- Joints. Think of your joints like the gears of your car. They need to be well-lubricated to work and last.
- Kidneys. Drinking adequate amounts of water can prevent kidney damage and disorders.
- Skin. For clear, wrinkle-free skin, drinking H2O can be just as effective as expensive anti-aging creams and lotions. It can also stave off certain skin disorders.
- Teeth. Water keeps your mouth clean and lowers your risk for tooth decay.
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